Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity is for the Birds

18 Apr
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Local Fonthill native, Paul Ryan, has been busy this past winter making over 600 bird houses to sell as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Paul has lived in Fonthill all his life and likes to give back to his community.

“I’ve got to do something because I wasn’t ready to retire,” Paul explains. “I have always donated my time and helped a variety of local service clubs and charities. I feel strongly about Habitat for Humanity, homeowners put in time and it’s not a ‘hand up, it’s a hand out.”

For years Paul worked as a landscaper in the summer months and framed houses in the winter, when an accident limited his mobility he didn’t want to sit around the house – so he began making wooden toys that he donated to the local fire department.

“I spend a lot of time in my workshop,” said Paul. “I had to keep my shoulder moving to get my strength back.”

Since January, Paul has spent many hours in his workshop crafting bird houses with scraps of wood he received from various builders and some materials from Habitat’s ReStore in Fonthill.

“Paul is a wonderful supporter of Habitat,” said Jodi Krah, Fonthill ReStore Manager. “During the winter Paul donates wreaths, bird feeders and bird houses and during the summer he brings in fantastic planters all created by Paul in his workshop. Often Paul is featured in our local papers contributing his time and skills to our community. Not only is Habitat lucky to have such a talented donor, but our entire town benefits by his generosity.”

The bird houses are for sale at both of Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s ReStores in Fonthill (HWY 20 beside Picards) and St. Catharines (150 Bunting Rd.) for $5 each. They are unfinished and can be painted or decorated any way you’d like – and make a great Mother’s Day gift!